What Do Compression Stockings Do?

You wear compression stockings to improve blood flow in your legs. Compression stockings gently squeeze your legs to move blood up your legs. This helps prevent leg swelling and, to a lesser extent, blood clots.

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If you have varicose veins spider veins, or have just had surgery, your health care provider may prescribe compression stockings.

Wearing stockings helps with:

  • Aching and heavy feeling in legs
  • Swelling in legs
  • Preventing blood clots, primarily after surgery or injury when you are less active




How Do I Know If I Have An Underlying Vein Problem?

Varicose Veins Are Not Always Visible to the Naked Eye

Most vein conditions are not visible to the naked eye. The veins that are visible can be the ‘tip of the iceberg’ indicating an underlying problem. Therefore, a duplex ultrasound examination may be recommended to determine if there is an underlying condition called, venous inssufficiency. Venous insufficiency indicates when the vein valves are leaky.  Bulging, ropy varicose veins, and spider veins in certain anatomic regions of the body such as the inner ankles and inner thighs or blue veins behind the knees suggest underlying venous insufficiency.dysfunctional vein valvesVeins are not always visible to the eye

Cryo-Sclerotherapy, Painless Spider Vein Treatment

La Jolla Vein Care Nurse Practitioner performing cryosclerotherapy treatment of spider veins.

La Jolla Vein Care Nurse Practitioner performing cryosclerotherapy treatment of spider veins.

La Jolla Vein Care is now offering Pain Free Cryo Sclerotherapy!

What is Cryo-Sclerotherapy?
Cryo-Sclerotherapy is sclerotherapy in combination with a Cryo device. What this does is cool the surface of the skin before, during, and after injections. It is intended to minimize pain during injections by providing temporary anesthetic relief. This does not interfere with the results of treatment.
Call La Jolla Vein Care now to upgrade any Sclerotherapy appointment to Cryo-Sclerotherapy for an additional $100. Appointments book quickly, if you haven’t scheduled your Cryo-Sclerotherapy already now is the time!
Please contact our office at ( 858) 550-033 for additional information.

Stocking Troubles? Tips, tricks and an easy guide


how to wear compression stockings

Stocking Troubles? Tips, tricks and an easy guide to living in harmony with compression stockings


Applying stockings with ease:

  1. Turn your stocking completely inside out
  2. Locate the smaller foot hole of the stocking and tuck the foot in until you reach the heel
  3. Place your thumbs on either side of the tucked in foot hole, with the heel located on the bottom
  4. Put your foot in the stocking until the heel of the stocking has met your heel
  5. Grab the larger hole or top of the stocking (it should be hanging off your foot) and pull the stocking up onto your leg
  6. Inch and pull the stocking until it has reached either below the crease of your knee for knee highs, or the highest portion of your thigh for thigh highs.

Common Misconceptions… Do I have spider veins or varicose veins?

Common Misconceptions… Do I have spider veins or varicose veins?spider veins back thighs

There is a common misconception of what varicose and spider veins really are. It may be embarrassing for some to admit that they have varicose veins or they simply just think that they have spider veins. Although spider veins can be fed from varicose veins, they are simply not the same. Let’s start with spider veins… What are they? Spider veins are typically purple web-like veins that appear either scattered all over the leg or in clusters. Although they can be symptomatic, they are usually painless and are considered cosmetic. They lie almost, if not, flat on the skin and are often described as “unsightly.” Varicose veins on the other hand are bulgy. People describe them as snake or rope like or even like a little brain. Varicose veins protrude from the skin and are not considered a cosmetic condition, but rather a medical condition. They can also be either symptomatic or asymptomatic. To properly diagnose patients with either spider veins or varicose veins, a thorough consultation should be done to examine the patient’s legs and areas of concern. Sometimes, certain patterns of spider veins indicate that there may be an underlying vein condition. An ultrasound examination can be done to properly diagnose varicose veins and underlying vein conditions.

Medicare Accepted At La Jolla Vein Care

Does Medicare cover varicose vein treatment?

Medicare is accepted at La Jolla Vein Care. Medicare will typically cover a consultation, diagnostic ultrasound and varicose vein treatment if it is considered medically necessary.

To be considered medically necessary and not cosmetic, the individual must meet certain criteria:

1) The vein condition must cause symptoms that are lifestyle altering and interfere with activities of daily living.


2) The individual has experienced complications of their vein condition such as leg ulceration, bleeding from a varicose vein or phlebitis


3) The patient has worn medical grade compression stockings for at least 6 weeks

Call us today to learn more 858-550-0330

La Jolla Vein Care Featured in San Diego Chamber of Commerce

La Jolla Vein Care was featured on the San Diego Chamber of Commerce Member Spotlight, titled ‘Surgery-free Vein Treatment’

“La Jolla Vein Care has been a leader in non-surgical varicose vein removal since its establishment in 2010. The San Diego Chamber of Commerce was present at its 2010 ribbon cutting ceremony. It is located at the Ximed Building on the Scripps Memorial Campus in La Jolla.”

See full article here 

San Diego’s Top Vein Specialists

Dr. Nisha Bunke and Dr. Helane Fronek, La Jolla Vein Care's vein specialists

Dr. Nisha Bunke and Dr. Helane Fronek, La Jolla Vein Care’s vein specialists

Check out La Jolla Vein Care’s Dr. Bunke and Dr. Fronek in the October issue of San Diego Magazine, which is the Top Doctor’s Issue. The article highlights the doctors expertise, specialized training, and diagnostic and innovative treatment technology that is offered at La Jolla Vein Care.